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About this Outdoor Garden

A highlight of our summer display, massive water-platters and more than 100 types of colorful day- and night-blooming tropical and hardy waterlilies put on a spectacular show. 

Tucked into a protected courtyard (accessed via the Conservatory), this stunning outdoor Garden features aquatic plants from all over the world. The Garden is open from May 24 through mid-October. Peak bloom occurs mid-July through September (depending on weather).

Garden Highlights

History of the Garden

Tropical aquatics came to Longwood in 1957 with the opening of a 13-pool Waterlily Display. In 1989 the display was redesigned by Sir Peter Shepheard into five larger, dramatic pools.